Diana’s Low Polygon iOS Animal Stickers
By - Diana D’Achille
My Low Polygon Animal Series is devoted to the awareness, appreciation and education of animals across the world. We all know the generalities; elephants are large, sharks are slim, and porcupines are spiky. But apart from that, have you ever stopped to admire the shape or outline of your favorite critter?
What I love about mixing technology with art is that it has no limits the possibilities are endless in Adobe's programs. My low polygon animals combine my love for animals, technology, and my passion for design. When my low polygon animals started to take on a personality of their own, I became hooked.
I started illustrating my Low Polygon Collection in June 2015.
I am actively working away and excited to celebrate our 2-year-old Birthday.
So, far I have completed 93 animals. The goal of the collection is to expand to 400 species. #Exhibit400
The iOS Sticker Pack:
In August 2015 Apple released iOS 10. A great opportunity for developers and designers with little to no code experience to create their own iOS Stickers. During the time of Apple's release I had about 40 animals completed. Just the right amount to start a side project that would allow my animals to get more exposure and learn something new.
The Application Process:
I was anxious to get started, but knew I would need to self teach myself new tools. I began by googling the "Start to end process an iOS Sticker application"
would require. To my surprise I found that it would take little to no coding at all. I began by reading Karen Lui's iOS Sticker Guide.
She breaks down the process with pictures and steps to make it very easy to follow along. After reading the guide, I signed up for a developer's account
and downloaded Xcode
on my mac.The Stickers Process:
All of my animals start with a sketch on paper or on my iPad mini with Adobe Draw. Prior to diving into the sketch, I like to do a little research on the animal I choose. By referencing images and videos I can combine the best of their features in my sketch. I strive to bring as much personality as I can. Some of the animals that require more detail can create some challenges, but I don’t mind them because it just pushes me to overcome these challenges and learn from them. Most of my inspiration is found watching Discovery Channel, surfing online wildlife photography, and skimming through National Geographic magazines.
After my sketch is complete I will then bring it into Adobe Illustrator to vector. (Example 1
, Example 2
) It’s important to understand the anatomy of the animal during this step. Once the vector is complete, I’ll then bring it into Photoshop to color, add textures, and design minimal shadows under the animal. During this process, my goal is to keep the colors and shapes as simplistic as possible without losing the animal's realistic features.What the application includes:
• 60+ Animals.
• 50+ Stickers.
• 3 Animated Gifs.
I am currently attending Rutgers University to pursue my masters in User Experience
. I plan on continuing to work on my 400 Animals
and would like to release another iOS Sticker Pack soon. This time using an iMessaging Framework. A little bit more complicated process, but I think we can get there! Thanks Adobe, I don't think my animals and I could have made it here without you.
Collection: (6/15 – Active)
School: Rutgers University
Adobe Illustrator Draw
Feel free to follow us on our journey as we expand our collection to 400 animals.
Have a question about the iOS Stickers? Or just would like to say hi?
Shoot the animals a message
here and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.🐳